New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
The twenty-one year-old Timothy "Tim" Allen Russell is discharged from a mental institution by his psychiatric Dr. Shawn Graham completely healed from a childhood trauma. His sister Kaylie welcomes him in the parking area and brings him home. Then she tells that they need to destroy an ancient mirror that she has just bought in an auction. The reluctant Tim follows his sister and has fragmented recollections from his childhood, when his mother Marie buys a mirror for the home office of his father Alan. Kaylie and Tim see a woman with their father in his office and the behaviors of Alan and Marie change, ending in a family tragedy. Kaylie blames the mirror and now she wants to destroy it with Tim. Will they succeed? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
OCULUS is that movie you hate that tries to be deeply phsycological while trying to juggle the more-complicated-than-it-needs-to-be style of horror movie. About 90% of thee films fail, but OCULUS is a movie that excels in every sense of the way. The twisted, mind-bottling scenarios set up by this evil mirror with a soul crushing oculus are the perfect way to set up suspense while maintaining the psychological aspects necessary for a horror movie. As you see he mirror twist and question reality for the characters, you're right there with them with a constant question of "Is this real?" looming in your mind, which is a great approach to pull off psychedelic suspense. These strategies are well assisted by a great story structure with the technique of switching between time periods to create character development of characters by revealing similarities to themselves in the present to the past, a very very effective story telling technique. The acting is all it needs to be for a horror movie mostly due to the fact acting is not where importance lies. Katee Sackhoff is phenomenal as the emotionally scarred scared-s***-less mother, a strong lead for the movie. The pacing of this film is phenomenal, some of the best I have ever seen in a horror movie. The one downfall it had is some poorly done CGI for things that could have been done using practical effects. Also, I think the ending was off, but only by a couple of beats, not surprising for a horror film though. But overall, Oculus is the best horror movie since The Conjuring, and it certainly will be remembered as one of the best psychologically disturbing films ever made.
GRADE: 94 / A
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